ONLINE - Discipline within the AIF on the Western Front by Greg Stephens
21 Jul

Greg’s presentation explores why the Australians had the worst discipline record in the British Army during the First World War. He will discuss the roots and causes of poor discipline within the AIF, comparisons with other countries, and importantly whether this issue had any impact on their ability to be an effective fighting force.

At the heart of his presentation are the personal stories of the men within the 5th Reinforcements 22nd Bn AIF.  Between them these 154 men were responsible for 30 Court Martials, including his grandfather who went AWOL close by in Ealing and Twickenham!

The objective is not to retrospectively judge these men that transgressed military law but to shed some light into how and why. 

This online talk is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of the Western Front Association to join this online meeting.  Details of how to join the meeting using Zoom are in Andy Thompson’s July Update email sent out to everyone on our email list.  If you don’t receive Andy’s emails contact him at

Greg’s talk starts at 8.00 pm but you can join the Zoom meeting at any time after 07.30 pm to chat to other attendees or to just listen in.

 Image of Australian troops  © IWM Q 67410

This is an ONLINE Zoom meeting. Please do not go to the Cobham Day Centre.
21 Jul 2021 20:00